QU HOSTS A SERIES OF GRADUATION CEREMONIES FOR EIGHT COLLEGES OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEK

Qatar University (QU) graduates eight of its colleges for female students during a week of ceremonies. The graduating colleges respectively are the College of Education, College of Business and Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, College of Law, College of Health Sciences and the College of Pharmacy.

The individual graduation ceremonies took place over the course of one week starting from 9 October, 2019 in the Sports & Events Complex at QU and celebrated the 42nd batch of students. Since the University was founded in 1977, the graduation ceremony aims to celebrate students graduating from bachelor and postgraduate degrees.

Last week, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar attended the graduation ceremony for all male students and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al-Thani, wife of His Highness the Emir, honored distinguished female students the following day.

The College of Education was the first of the individual college ceremonies and took place on Wednesday, 9 October 2019. Previous QU President Prof. Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad was the guest of honor at the event and addressed the hall, which included HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani, current QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, College of Education Dean Dr. Ahmed Al Emadi, 370 of the college’s female graduating class, dignitaries, faculty and student family and peers.

She said, This happy occasion is not only a celebration of your achievements and efforts during the academic period, it is also the start of a new journey, where you must depend on yourself, where you must accept new responsibilities and engage in professional experiences in a new phase of your life.

The next day marked the graduation ceremony of the College of Business and Economics, on Thursday, 10 October 2019, where HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani was the guest of honor. 567 graduates were honored on this day in the presence of Dean of College of Business and Economics Prof. Adam Mohamed Ali Fadlalla, dignitaries, QU officials, faculty and student family and peers.

Sheikh Faisal thanked university officials for extending an invitation to the ceremony and addressed the guests saying, I am very happy to be here today, among academics and students. I find my presence here, among you, a kind of personal tribute to me and in this speech I want to tell you that in my career I have succeeded in things, and failed in others. I learned from all the experiences in my life and sought to achieve success.

On Saturday, 12 October 2019, 834 students from the College of Arts and Sciences were honored at their graduation ceremony among QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Prof. Ibrahim AlKaabi, QU officials, faculty, family and peers.

Prof. Ibrahim AlKaabi advised the graduates in a speech saying, I hope that you will never stop learning. Science and knowledge are valuable in and of themselves, regardless of graduation and its requirements, regardless of your career and regardless of life and its burdens.

The following day marked the graduation ceremony for the College of Engineering, where 260 graduates received their diplomas on Sunday, October 13, 2019. A number of dignitaries and officials attended the ceremony including guest of honor, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi, Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji and QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham.

Dr. Ibrahim bin Saleh al-Nuaimi spoke at the event saying, Through its mission, the college is keen to provide quality engineering education that contributes to the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030. The college works to ensure that its graduates are highly knowledgeable and responsible and contribute effectively to serving the nation and the vision of attaining a knowledge-based economy.

The graduation ceremony for the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies took place on Monday, 14 October 2019, where 95 graduates were celebrated. Dean of College of Sharia and Islamic Studies Dr. Ibrahim Al-Ansari and QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, as well as number of QU officials, faculty, student family and peers attended the ceremony.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Ansari spoke at the event saying, Our college strives to be known regionally and internationally for its pioneering and excellence in Islamic and Sharia studies, for academic research, community service and an authentic approach. We aspire to be a reliable reference for Arab-Islamic identity and present Islam in an actual and positive light. We aim to promote coexistence and dialogue with others.

On Tuesday, 15 October 2019, QU graduated 183 students from the College of Law in the presence of CEO of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti, who was a guest of honor, QU President Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, and a number of QU officials, faculty, student family and peers.

Mr. Al-Sahouti spoke at the event saying, I am pleased to be among you today in this joyful ceremony in celebration of the QU College of Law graduates who have demonstrated a high level of efficiency and a distinguished level of legal knowledge. Today we celebrate a new batch of promising law graduates who will no doubt be a building block in the legal field in Qatar.

Yesterday concluded the weeklong celebrations where the College of Pharmacy, with 39 graduates, and the College of Health Sciences, with 111 graduates, both members of the health cluster known as QU Health, jointly organized one graduation ceremony. Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) Undersecretary Assistant for Shared Services, Dr. Abdulla Al Emadi attended the event as a guest of honor, and Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and Dean of the College of Medicine at Qatar University Dr. Egon Toft also attended and gave a speech.

Dr. Egon Toft said, Today’s graduates will contribute to refining the nation’s health needs, and become an essential asset for the Health Strategy 2018-2022. Through dedication, development, and delivering, you will achieve the countries initial goal in building a generation of health sector.

This year’s graduating class includes more than 3220 students (2468 females and 752 male) from a full academic year that encompasses Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019.

As QU graduates its 42nd batch of graduates, the university continues to chronicle a long history spanning decades in which it contributes heavily to Qatar’s development and prosperity, through boosting the labor market with qualified graduates.

QU’s new strategy places an emphasis on elevating the student experience by placing QU as a pioneer and a leading educational institution in the higher education sector in Qatar and abroad. QU is committed to providing high-quality education in areas of national priority, moving towards building a knowledge-based society.

The strategy aims to facilitate and encourage Qatari nationals to enter university and graduate with high educational degrees. Furthermore, QU works to increase the flexibility of educational opportunities, providing programs for undergraduate and graduate students that meet the needs of the country’s labor market.

Source: Qatar University